Bob LeemingEur Ing John Robert Leeming BSc(Hons) CEng FIMMM, HM Chief Inspector of Mines, Health and Safety Executive
Bob graduated with an honours degree in Mining Engineering and held management positions at a number of UK collieries before joining the UK’s Health and Safety Executive. With 30 years’ experience of mines regulation, Bob is currently HM Chief Inspector of Mines.
The author of HSE publications, Bob led the development of the Mines Regulations 2014 and associated guidance. He has written and presented various papers internationally.
Bob is a registered Chartered Engineer and European Engineer. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, and Past President of the Nottinghamshire Branch of the Institution of Mining Engineers; and the Midland Institute of Mining Engineers.
Jon VolkweinMr. Volkwein retired from the United States Federal Government in 2011 after serving 37 years as a senior research scientist with the Department of Interior, Bureau of Mines and later with the Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s Mining Division. He is now consulting for various private
He is now consulting for various private organisations and the National Academy of Science in the area of coal mine dust measurement. Further research interests include the feasibility of using black carbon to track mine diesel particulate to optimise ventilation systems and applications of compressed natural gas-fueled vehicles.
Kate du Preez
Queensland Commissioner for Mine Safety and Health
Kate du PreezKate was appointed as Queensland’s first female Commissioner for Mine Safety and Health in June 2016 and brings to the role over 16 years’ experience in operational mines in South Africa and Queensland. When Kate commenced working as a young mining engineer, it was illegal for women to work underground. She not only worked underground, Kate went on to become the first woman to hold a mine manager’s certificate of competency in South Africa.
Kate’s role is to advise the Minister for Natural Resources and Mines on mine safety and health matters; chair the Coal Mining Safety and Health Advisory Committee and the Mine Safety and Health Advisory Committee; monitor and report to the Minister and Parliament on the administration of the provisions about safety and health under the Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999 and Mining and Quarrying Safety and Health Act 1999 administered by DNRM. She also performs other functions given to the Commissioner under the provisions of the Acts.
Lee Shearer APM GAICD
Chief Compliance Officer, NSW Resources Regulator
Lee ShearerConjoint Professor of Practice University of Newcastle Faculty of Business and Law
Lee heads the newly established NSW Resources Regulator responsible for compliance and enforcement functions across NSW mining and energy sectors, and for driving continuous improvement across all the regulatory functions of the Department of Industry.
The primary focus of the NSW Resources Regulator will be on compliance activities within the Resources and Energy sectors, including:
Compliance with the Mining Act
Regulating safety and health performance in NSW Mines.
Lee is a highly experienced regulator who was formerly the Director for Legal Services and the Assistant Commissioner, Commander Northern Region Local Area of NSW Police Force.